Last week THSC sponsored its annual Southwest Convention & Family Conference in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. As always, it was a marvelous time of inspiration, encouragement, and equipping of home school parents, children, and teens for the coming year. We had a record crowd of almost 6,400 people.
What was interesting this year is that we had protestors. Yes, I know, it boggles the mind. One of our keynote speakers was Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis, who did several workshops on creationism. This was the outrageous issue that prompted an online group of atheists to host webinars and blogs and decide to protest the teaching of what they called “lies” to children.
In fact, these people argued that home school parents should not be allowed to teach such things to their children. In response, I released a statement to the press: “While we find it unfortunate that a group of self-professed atheists have decided to protest the THSC Conference, it is not unusual for statists to argue that parents should not be free to teach what they choose to their children. . . . We believe that parents in the United States have a fundamental, constitutional right to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children, and that includes being able to teach them what the parents believe is appropriate. THSC has been battling for over 25 years to allow every parent to make these decisions for their children and we will continue to do so even in the face of those who argue that parental rights should be restricted.”
Read what Ken Ham had to say about the event and the protestors. The bottom line is that it is amazing to see that more and more people argue that fit parents should not be able to make certain decisions for their children.
In fact, yesterday I read an editorial in the Washington Post that argued Virginia’s religious exemption to home school was too broad and that the right of parents to direct the education of their children was in conflict with a “child’s right to an education.” The editorial was prompted by a young man who argued that he had been deprived of an education while being home schooled by his parents.
This deprived young man lost his battle to gain entry to high school as a 21-year-old but went to community college instead and is now a student at Georgetown University. It doesn’t sound like he was deprived if he could do work at the community college level and gain entry to college. It makes me wonder if the Washington Post should do an editorial on the public high school students who are deprived of an education when they graduate from high school and are functionally illiterate. That, of course, will not happen because the state controls the public education system, not parents, and it seems clear that the Washington Post, like the atheist protestors at our conference, really have a problem with allowing parents to make decisions for their children.